The Minstrel and The Bard

12th Jul 2019

Enjoy a lighthearted exploration of what Shakespeare meant to Scott as we prepare for a summer evening of outdoor theatrics with our friends the Three Inch Fools.

Come and join Kirsty Archer-Thompson, Abbotsford's Collections and Interpretation Manager, and find out why Scott placed Shakespeare on a pedestal and gave him pride of place in his treasured library.

Walter Scott was more indebted to Shakespeare than to any other writer - his fiction and private correspondence is littered with references to Shakespeare's characters and quotes from his plays. Scott was also the first writer since 1616 to be spoken of repeatedly in the same breath as the Bard of Avon, a comparison that Scott himself found baffling!

Scott lived through the bicentenary of Shakespeare's death in 1816, and experienced first hand how a great writer might become part of the fabric of cultural memory and exist beyond the folios and stage performances. He also participated enthusiastically in this cult, collecting relics associated with the Bard and preserving them in his Abbotsford collection.

Kirsty's talk, on Friday July 12th, starts at 4.30pm, in the Chapel, ending at 5.30pm.

Tickets cost £3. Book now.

You may also like to enjoy Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing in the gardens following Kirsty's talk at 7pm. There's time to enjoy refreshments from Ochiltree's cafe, which has a special High Tea offering, or enjoy a picnic before the show starts.

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